Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...a6/2. Bc4

St. George Defence
a b c d e f g h
8 a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2 2
1 a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 1
a b c d e f g h
Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation (FEN)
Moves: 1. e4 a6 2. Bc4

St. George Defence edit

2.Bc4 edit

It's tempting for Black to play 2...b5 but it's a trap : 3. Bxf7+ Kxf7 4. Qh5+!. If now 4. ... Kf6?? then 5. Qf5#, 4. ... Ke6?? transposes to the same line after 5. Qd5+ Kf6 6. Qf5# checkmate. The only evasion of mate is 4. ... g6 5. Qd5+ any 6. Qxa8 and White wins a rook.

Instead, 2...e6 is sound. 2. Nf6 is good too : 3. e5 d5

Theory table edit

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'1.e4 a6 2.Bc4'


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